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When it comes to sex, what’s ‘normal’? The science of desire and satisfaction




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In America, less than half of all states require schools to teach sex education.

Schools that mandate medical guidelines on sex education are even fewer. And according to social psychologist Justin Lehmiller, “the talk” isn’t getting talked about enough.

Lehmiller is a leading expert on human sexuality and recently conducted the largest, most comprehensive survey of Americans’ sex lives and fantasies. The study surveyed more than 4,000 participants of diverse backgrounds, and its findings are compiled in Lehmiller’s new book, “Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life.”

According to Lehmiller’s research, 4 out of 5 Americans aren’t getting what they want. So what are our most popular sexual desires and why? How do these desires differ across a spectrum of genders, faiths and even political ideologies? And what makes us too embarrassed to reveal our own fantasies?

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Guest:

Justin Lehmiller, expert on sex research with The Kinsey Institute; he is the author of “Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life” (Da Capo Press 2018) and tweets @JustinLehmiller